A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.
- Robert ‘Butch’ Haynes: Kevin Costner
- Chief Red Garnett: Clint Eastwood
- Sally Gerber: Laura Dern
- Phillip ‘Buzz’ Perry: T.J. Lowther
- Bobby Lee: Bradley Whitford
- Terry Pugh: Keith Szarabajka
- Tom Adler: Leo Burmester
- Dick Suttle: Paul Hewitt
- Bradley: Ray McKinnon
- Gladys Perry: Jennifer Griffin
- Naomi Perry: Leslie Flowers
- Ruth Perry: Belinda Flowers
- Mr. Hughes: Darryl Cox
- Billy Reeves: Jay Whiteaker
- Tinkerbell: Taylor Suzanna McBride
- Dancing Skeleton: Christopher Reagan Ammons
- Larry Billings: Mark Voges
- Prison Guard: Vernon Grote
- Oldtimer: James Jeter
- Fred Cummings: Ed Geldart
- Paul Saunders: Bruce McGill
- General Store Manager: Nik Hagler
- Local Sheriff: Gary Moody
- Lottie: Mary Alice
- Mack: Wayne Dehart
- Cleveland: Kevin Woods
- Eileen: Linda Hart
- Bob’s Wife: Connie Cooper
- Governor’s Aide: John Hussey
- Officer Terrance: Gabriel Folse
- Producer: Clint Eastwood
- Original Music Composer: Lennie Niehaus
- Producer: David Valdes
- Director of Photography: Jack Green
- Production Design: Henry Bumstead
- Editor: Joel Cox
- Casting: Phyllis Huffman
- Art Direction: Jack G. Taylor Jr.
- Producer: Mark Johnson
- Costume Design: Erica Edell Phillips
- Set Decoration: Alan Hicks
- Writer: John Lee Hancock
- Editor: Ron Spang
- Songs: T.J. Lowther
- r96sk: I’m a little split on ‘A Perfect World’, but one thing that is for certain is that I definitely enjoyed watching it.
The reason that I’m split is because of how it portrays the lead character. I completely get the angle the filmmakers were going for, I’m just not convinced they pull it off. It’s fun to watch, but I never once felt a connection to root for Kevin Costner’s Butch.
There are many a time where I was just like “Huh?”. It shows a number of events that you can tell are supposed to make you connect to Butch, but I just couldn’t – he is super unlikeable, like the very first thing we see him do ‘on the outside’ defines him and the whole film. They could’ve wrote him in so many different ways, to give him a positive reason for what he does.
Yet, despite that it is entertaining, I cannot deny. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it works as a film for sure, but given it tries (too hard?) to attempt thought-provoking and deeper meaning I think it falls over itself – logically, I couldn’t get on board. As a popcorn flick, I’m all in.
P.S. How amusing to see the ‘Casper‘ connection, given the directing/acting Clint Eastwood would later make a cameo in the live-action film almost two years after this was released.